Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• The number of new COVID-19 cases was up but remained low in Fulton County last week, according to the Fulton County Health Department. There were 13 new cases reported from April 15-21.
There was 1 new case the previous week.
There were also no new deaths last week.
Fulton County’s case rate per 100,000 people was up from 26.1 to 38 as of Thursday. That is 71st highest out of 88 Ohio counties. The overall case rate in the state is 81.5 per 100,000 people.
Lucas County had a rate of 63.7 out of 100,000, which was up slightly from the previous week. That was the 29th highest in the state. Henry County was the 66th highest in the state at 37 per 100,000 and Williams 41st at 57.2. The highest in the state is Athens County at 165.3 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Vinton County with 7.6.
• Fulton County remained at low in the COVID-19 Community Levels that were introduced recently by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC does not recommend indoor mask wearing for most individuals in counties at low or medium.
Lucas, Williams, Henry, Defiance and Wood counties, and all other counties in Ohio, are also listed as low.
At the low level, CDC recommendations include staying up to date with COVID vaccines and getting tested if you have symptoms. At the medium level, it is recommended that those at high risk for severe illness talk to a healthcare provider about whether they need to wear a mask or take other precautions.
COVID-19 Community Levels are a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.
County levels can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/.
• Fulton County now has had 10,334 overall reported cases as of Thursday according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 180 deaths reported in the county.
In Lucas County, there have been 101,550 total cases with 1,415 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are now reported only on Thursdays.
• With new case numbers so low in Fulton County, case rates by zip code over the last two weeks are too low for the state to report for all but Swanton and Wauseon. Case counts under five are not displayed to protect the privacy of individuals.
The Swanton zip code had 10 cases over the last two weeks for a case rate of 79 per 100,000. The Wauseon zip code had seven cases for a rate of 52.8 per 100,000.
• COVID-19 vaccine is available for those 12 and older Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Fulton County Health Department, by appointment. Kids 5-11 years old can have appointments scheduled the first and third Thursdays of the month.
Call 419-337-0915 to make an appointment.
It is also available at the Rite Aid locations in Archbold, Swanton, and Wauseon, the Swanton Kroger, and Wauseon Walmart.
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